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Labor Government commits to long-term funding for NT’s elderly

Posted on: 9 January, 2009
Issue: Vol 9 No 1, January 2009 - March 2009
Related to Older people Services

The Labor Government has recently committed $46 million to the Indigenous Aged Care Plan, which was announced in September 2008.

The Indigenous Aged Care Plan aims to improve long-term care for elderly Indigenous Australians. Overall $285 million will be allocated over the next four years to improve aged and community care throughout the Northern Territory. The Government is taking a four-pronged approach:

  • Increased financial support – during 2008-09, $64 million will be invested in aged care in NT, an 11.8% increase in spending since last year;
  • Targeting the $300 million Zero Real Interest Loans to the NT – the second round of Zero Real Interest Loans is targeted at providing aged care in the NT;
  • Employment programs aimed at supporting, encouraging, and retaining workers in aged care – grants were provided to Frontier Services in Mutitjulu and the MacDonnell Shire Council to construct overnight accommodation for staff to help attract and retain staff; and
  • Practical measures to support aged care services in urban and very remote areas – flexible care beds and flexible residential aged care services for remote communities are being considered.